Parents really panic when their baby is down with a fever. Fever makes the baby fussier, irritated, and weak. A fever means that a baby’s body is fighting off an infection. Babies even tend to fall sick more often as they are more susceptible to the outside environment.
Common causes of fever in babies.
A fever is a symptom of an illness, not an illness itself. Children have fevers when their immune system is fighting off an infection.
Common causes of fevers in babies include:
- Ear infections.
- Respiratory infections.
- Viral throat infections.
Fevers of less than three days are called ” Viral Infection” or normal flu. In this condition, there are chances of getting fever three times a day. You don’t need to be concerned if your child continues to be playful and is eating and drinking normally. (He or she may seem more tired than usual).
If the fever is more than 102 F and the fever continues for more days, seek medical advice soon. This might be due to any sort of infection which can be only treated by medical examination and doctor. Low-grade fevers are common if your infant or child was recently immunized. These can be normal if they last less than 48 hours.
Low-grade fevers can be treated at home when the fever persists for 2 to 3 days.
Acetaminophen or Calpol or Tylenol are the basic over-the-counter medicine available for babies/kids. Doses are usually based on weight. Your doctor may recommend weighing your baby if they haven’t recently been weighed or if they’ve had a recent growth spurt.
Usually, the doses are given thrice a time in a day with a time gap of six hours. This medicine is given in case of normal flu, cold and for post immunization to reside the pain in babies.
If your baby isn’t uncomfortable or fussy from their fever, you may not need to give them any medication. For higher fevers or other symptoms that are making your infant uncomfortable, medication can help them temporarily feel better.
2. Adjust their clothing.
Dress your infant in lightweight clothing and use just a sheet or light blanket to keep them comfortable and cool. Overdressing your infant may interfere with their body’s natural methods of cooling down. Preferably use cotton cloths which helps to slow down the fever in babies.
3. Turn down the temperature.
Keep your home and your infant’s room cool. This can help prevent them from overheating. Always keep babies room properly ventilated and allow some fresh air to maintain the room temperatures. Never make baby sleep in a closed room where fresh air and sunlight do not reach to room.
4. Give them a lukewarm bath.
Try sponging your baby down with lukewarm water. (Water temperature should feel warm, but not hot, to the touch on your inner arm.) Maintain constant supervision during bathing to ensure water safety.
Avoid using cold water, as this can lead to shivering, which may increase their temperature. Dry your baby off immediately following the bath and dress them in lightweight clothing. Alcohol baths or using wet wipes to lower fevers aren’t recommended and can be harmful to babies.
5. Fluid Intake.
Fluids play an important role when anybody is down with fever. Fluids try to flush out infection in the form of sweat or wee. Offer regular fluids (breast milk or formula) to babies. If your baby is 6 months or more then offer freshly prepared fruit juice or hot soups which helps to ease out the fever. Make sure your baby has tears when crying, a moist mouth, and regular wet diapers.
When to seek medical advice?
When the fever does not reside for more than 3 days then please visit a Doctor. There are chances when babies/ kids do lose appetite and become fussy than please consult a doctor.